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2016 Race A Success: Skeggs

  The ANZ Sail Fiji 2016 has been tagged as yet another successful event not only as a sport but in boosting the Fijian economy. Team Vodafone Sailing won the
13 Jun 2016 13:11
2016 Race A Success: Skeggs
Team Vodafone Sailing with their award at The Rhum-Ba in Port Denarau on Saturday night. Photo: ANZ FIJI

 

The ANZ Sail Fiji 2016 has been tagged as yet another successful event not only as a sport but in boosting the Fijian economy.

Team Vodafone Sailing won the 2016 ANZ Sail Fiji race last week.

They set the overall race record and Giacomo MO blitzing the mono-hull record.

Simon Hull and his team crossed the finish line at Port Denarau at 22:31:03 last Monday just 59 hours 31 minutes and 3 seconds after the start on June 4. The previous record was 3 days 20 hours 49 minutes and 36 seconds set by Beau Geste in 2014.

Jim Delegat’s Volvo 70 Giacomo crossed the finish line clocking 2 days 22 hours 53 minutes and 19 seconds.

Giacomo has also broken the race record with their time now going down in the history books for the monohull record

Port Denarau managing director Nigel Skeggs thanked all who took the time to come to Fiji.

“I would like to thank the Akarana Yacht Club and the race committee. Without their support we would not be able to put on an event like this,” he said.

“We are getting better and better at it. We have things to learn. Without the sponsors, you can’t have an event like this. ANZ Bank has been our title sponsor for the last three events. Hopefully, we can get the same support in two years time for the next event,” he said.

ANZ assistant director research/analysis Sharlene Singh thanked the participants for making the event a success.

“I’ve been following your journey since it started and enjoyed the stories from Auckland to Denarau over the high seas,” she said.

“By participating in the event, you have contributed to tourism which contributes to about 35 per cent of our GDP.”

She said that ANZ Bank had been in Fiji for the last 135 years and this event runs close to their strategy to promote tourism.

Akarana Yacht Club Commodore Nathan Bonney said this year marked the 22nd race to Fiji, including sixth to Denarau and third in partnership with Port Denarau.

“We had a fantastic and tough competition this year where records of monohull, overall including multihull,” he said.

“This has been a very successful race and we get an awesome welcome from the people which is warmer than the sun. We will bring another exciting race in two years time.”

The awards night was held at The Rhum Ba last Saturday night.

Edited by Osea Bola

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